A wholesome, gluten-free journey information to Lisbon, Portugal with beneficial eating places and markets, journey ideas and recommendation.
I’m excited to share with you my first metropolis information – Lisbon! I’ve been that means to do these for some time, since I bought house from my 5-months abroad travels of Sydney, Chiang Mai and Bali final 12 months. However you know the way it goes. I bought house, bought sidetracked with different initiatives…after which in some way (excitedly) took off to a brand new nation. So I’ve began my metropolis guides with my current journey to Lisbon, however I promise to work backwards to the opposite guides very quickly (psst – let me know within the feedback which one you’d like me to do subsequent).
However let’s bounce to Lisbon! As a result of after simply at some point within the metropolis, I fell utterly in love with it. There are such a lot of phrases that I might use to explain Lisbon, however I feel one phrase that sums all of it up is vibrant (and I discover myself utilizing it again and again). Vibrant and pleasant individuals, vibrant and gorgeous structure, vibrant and scrumptious meals. A number of vibrant! Lisbon is such an eclectic mixture of cultural influences, but in some way maintains a vibe all it’s personal. There’s simply one thing in regards to the cobblestone streets, vivid orange rooftops, ornamental constructing tiles and inviting out of doors cafes. It might really feel somewhat Italian, somewhat Parisian, somewhat Arab…it’s even harking back to San Francisco (with tons of cable vehicles). However all of these mashed collectively is what makes Lisbon really distinctive.
Fortunately, I had a number of weeks to discover Lisbon – to meander the hilly, cobblestone streets and naturally, uncover all the most effective meals spots on the town. So let’s dive in!
(Notice: my metropolis guides don’t go into the planning and preparation obligatory for a protected and wholesome, gluten-free journey. For that info, please see my book, Roaming Free).
Lisbon has an excellent metro system and taxis are comparatively low-cost, however the easiest way to see the town is to stroll in every single place. Not solely will you keep in form (I did point out hills, proper?) you’ll higher perceive the character of every neighborhood. Right here’s a few of my favorites:
Baixa // Baixa is the busy industrial hub of Lisbon. It’s additionally the one flat terrain you’ll discover within the metropolis with parallel streets that every one result in Praca do Commercio (the sq. of commerce). You’ll discover tons of eating places, buying and memento outlets, although all on the touristy facet.
Chiado // Chiado is simply west of Baixa, the place it begins to get hilly. Chiado is extra upscale than Baixa with higher buying and rather less vacationer craziness. An important place to guide lodging.
Alfama // The oldest neighborhood of Lisbon (simply east of Baixa) is well-known for it’s slender, winding streets and wealthy, Moorish historical past. From Alfama, go to the Se Cathedral, Castelo Sao Jorge and relying on the day of the week, take pleasure in a fado present.
Bairro Alto/Principe Actual // That is the stylish restaurant, bar and nightlife hub of Lisbon. I discovered myself always going again to Bairro Alto and Principe Actual for top-notch, scrumptious meals and my favourite viewpoint, Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara.
Espresso Outlets, Cafes and Juices/Smoothies
If you wish to be a Lisbonite, drink espresso! Espresso outlets are considerable on each avenue nook, so that you’ll by no means go with out. The wholesome juice/smoothie pattern hasn’t but reached Lisbon, however I discovered two nice spots. As for candy treats, you’ll need to move on the well-known pasteis de nata (I couldn’t discover any gluten-free), however natural gelato and artisan chocolate are fabulous options. Listed here are my faves:
Cruzes Credo // I walked to this place almost each morning from my apartment. It’s an informal espresso store with free wifi and throughout the road from Se Cathedral. It’s an awesome place to seize a glass of wine or lunch/dinner. Many entrees are gluten-free.
Pois Cafe // Simply down the road from Cruzes Credo, Pois Cafe additionally provides nice espresso, free wifi and great, informal meals. I had their smoked salmon salad which was scrumptious.
Copenhagen Coffee Lab // Within the Principe Actual neighborhood, Copenhagen Espresso Lab is a cool spot with a Nordic-designed inside. Sadly, a lot of the munchies usually are not gluten-free, however their espresso is extremely regarded.
Fabrica Coffee Roasters // When you’re strolling north of the town or alongside Avenida da Liberdade, ensure to cease at Fabrica for, you guessed it, an awesome cup of espresso.
Claudio Corallo // This family-owned cafe takes satisfaction of their prime quality espresso and artisan chocolate. When you’re not within the temper for espresso, they’ve bought chocolate sorbets and different decadent goodies (like ginger chocolate bars), a lot of that are additionally dairy-free.
Liquid Lounge // A small natural juice/smoothie spot that’s bought each combo of inexperienced juice or fruit smoothie conceivable. Nice for a liquid breakfast on the go.
Yao Pressed Juicery // A brand new cold-pressed juice place west of Bairro Alto, however definitely worth the stroll. You may make your personal juice combo or seize pre-made juices to go (excellent when you have a fridge).
Amorino // When you’re visiting Lisbon in the summertime, you’ll want one thing to chill you down – like natural gelato! Amorino has tons of fruity flavors which might be natural and vegan and two places, in Baixa and Chiado.
Cone ou Copa // When you’re strolling Avenida da Liberdade, cease into Cone ou Copa for natural ice cream, gelato and frozen yogurt.
A Ginjinha // This checklist wouldn’t be full with a cease for Ginja, a Portuguese liqueur of infused cherries in aguardente. A Ginjinha, a historic (and at all times bustling!) spot in Rossio sq. is the most effective place to seize a sip, any time of the day.
I used to be blown away by the excessive caliber of eating places and cooks in Lisbon. Belief me, Lisbon is on the cusp of changing into a really large meals scene. That is nice information for ordering actual meals, gluten-free…however I feel Lisbon has most likely been simple all alongside, with recent seafood because the primary menu merchandise. They do it nicely!
You’ll discover bacalhau (salted cod) on virtually each menu, together with sardines (my fave), prawns, lobster, seabass and quite a few different seafood gadgets. Most of these things are merely grilled and served with boiled potatoes and greens. A conventional Portuguese meal.
A Cevicherria // If I needed to decide one favourite restaurant in Lisbon, this is it. Chef Kiko Martins created a Peruvian-inspired ceviche menu with Portuguese aptitude. I ordered the chef’s tasting menu (they modified a pair gadgets to be gluten-free) and it was ah-ma-zing. Oh, additionally they have an octopus hanging from the ceiling, which is kinda cool.
Sea Me // One other stylish spot, Sea Me provides an Asian-inspired seafood menu, with sushi, sashimi and freshly caught fish. However I like to recommend skipping the menu and chatting with their fish monger to see what was caught recent that morning. Belief me, the choice is large. I had seabass and it was grilled to perfection.
La Paparrucha // When you want a break from seafood, go to La Paparrucha for the juiciest steaks. I ordered the tenderloin (with none sauce) and it melted in my mouth. La Paparrucha additionally has a spectacular sundown dinner view of the town, so ensure to order a window/view desk.
The Decadente // A hip restaurant with fashionable Portuguese delicacies, The Decadent provides little little bit of every thing. I ordered the bacalhau which was served with roasted potatoes and spinach. And also you wouldn’t comprehend it from the entrance, however there’s nice patio seating within the again.
Cafe Lisboa // This conventional Portuguese restaurant has seating inside their 18th century constructing or exterior on the terrace. My pal and I began with the Portuguese cheese and charcuterie platter and I ordered the tuna steak with basil for dinner. Scrumptious.
Cervejaria Ramiro // Persistently ranked one of many high seafood spots in Lisbon, this locals restaurant is definitely worth the detour north of the town. It’s unassuming, in comparison with others on the checklist, however the seafood is top-notch. I had garlic shrimp and prawns. When you get there with a line, no worries, they’ll serve you alcohol exterior whilst you wait.
Open Brasserie Mediterranica // The one restaurant on the checklist with a specified gluten-free menu (and gluten-free bread). Open Brasserie Mediterranica prioritizes natural and seasonal elements with a mindset of sustainability. It’s an informal, family-style restaurant with recent, clear and scrumptious meals.
Kaffeehaus // This uber-popular Austrian restaurant isn’t precisely gluten-free (I feel half the menu gadgets begin with “breadcrumbs”), however I discovered their brunch to be very doable and engaging with scrambled eggs, omelettes and several other salads to select from. Simply ensure to carry the bread and confirm the elements in your meal.
You probably have an condominium with a kitchen, you’re in luck as Lisbon has a number of natural markets and grocery shops.
Mercado de Ribeira // This conventional meals market (from 1892) was reworked by Time Out Lisboa journal into an enormous meals courtroom. Many native eating places every have stalls. You’ll discover produce bought within the early morning hours and a bustling lunch crowd within the afternoon. With dozens of eating places to select from (and one natural, gluten-free one!) it’s the right spot when everybody desires to eat one thing completely different.
Principe Real Organic Market // A Saturday morning farmer’s market in Principe Actual with 100% natural produce.
Brio Organic Supermarket // Brio is sort of a mini Complete Meals, with natural produce, canned items and gluten-free packaged meals. An important place to refill and seize some snacks.
Celeiro // As well being meals store, Celeiro has all of the pure, natural cures you could want. In addition they have a wide selection of natural, complete meals and gluten-free packaged meals, like Schar model.
A Few Additional Ideas
- Lisbon is a late evening dinner locale. Most don’t eat dinner till about 8pm. However in the event you’d like to make sure your restaurant meal is as clear as may be, I at all times advocate going early, proper when the restaurant opens. This additionally provides you the chance to speak with the chef, which I at all times do.
- Contemporary sardines in eating places usually are not the identical as canned sardines. They’re about 3-4x the dimensions, grilled and really flavorful. Although carry some canned sardines house as souvenirs – the tins are lovable!
- On packaged meals gadgets, search for Sin Gluten or Sem Gluten (the identical phrases you should utilize when ordering), which implies gluten-free.
- English is extensively spoken, which makes speaking your gluten-free wants very simple. Simply keep in mind to at all times say “obrigada” (thanks).
- Put on cozy footwear. Lisbon’s cobblestone streets (whereas beautiful) are additionally very uneven and slippery. I ditched flip flops after the primary day for sturdier footwear.
- In Alfama, fado reveals are often solely on Wed, Fri and Sat evenings, so in the event you’d prefer to see one, ensure to plan forward.
- Keep in mind that pick-pocketing in Lisbon is large (sadly, it occurred to me). All the time maintain a watchful eye in your purse or bag.
- And eventually, for the most effective collection of high-quality, conventional souvenirs (all from Portuguese artisans), head to A Vida Portuguesa. I virtually went over my baggage weight restrict with the foodie gadgets I grabbed right here!
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A really, very particular because of my pricey pal Sanda. She got here to my rescue after I used to be robbed, made me really feel welcome in her lovely metropolis and shared many of those fabulous “insider” foodie spots. Phrases can’t specific my gratitude. xo
Have you ever traveled to Lisbon? When you’ve bought extra ideas or gluten-free recommendation, drop them within the feedback under!